Daisy Ashford: The Young Visiters

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The Young Visiters, or, Mr Salteenas Plan is a comic novella by the juvenile author Daisy Ashford. Written in 1890 when she was nine, it was discovered and published, with all its spelling errors, in 1919. The book became a best-seller and generated a high-profile debate about its authenticity. It has remained continuously in print, and has been adapted as a play, musical, film, and television drama.

In 1918, Daisy Ashford, who had recently rediscovered her childhood manuscripts, lent the notebook containing The Young Visiters to a friend, Margaret Mackenzie, to cheer her up during an illness. She was so much entertained that she read it aloud to her guests, including the publisher’s editor Frank Swinnerton, who t…

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Hammill, Faye. "The Young Visiters". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 March 2011
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